Phil Short started diving from a background of dry caving to enable him to train with the British Cave Diving Group (CDG). He proceeded through CDG mentoring to become a qualified diver and began to follow a 30-year passion for exploring caves.

In parallel, Phil became a professional diving educator in 1991 and has remained in teaching to date. He specialises in overhead environment training in caves and mines, mostly with CCR, and trains divers, instructors and Instructor Trainers in the higher levels of technical diving.

Phil has trained professional groups including the HSE, police dive teams, the BBC, the US National Parks Service, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Lund University and in the last five years has specialised in managing diving operations and being a Diving Safety Officer for numerous scientific and media projects worldwide.

Phil’s passion for caves led him to spend three months in the southern jungles of Mexico exploring the J2 Cave with Bill Stone and the USDCT, during which time he lived in the cave for 45 days. Phil is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), a Fellow of The Explorers Club and a recipient of the NSS-CDS Sheck Exley Safe Cave Diving award for 1,000 cave dives and the SSI Pro 5,000 award.


Phil will be on the Tech Stage on Saturday and Sunday, speaking about starting out in cave and mine diving (Sat) and the Gribshunden 1495 Baltic Shipwreck Survey and Exploration (Sun). Book your tickets now!